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Pablo Neruda: Selected Poems - Absence of Joaquin Summary & Analysis

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Absence of Joaquin Summary

In lines 1-4, the poet is reflecting on his friend's short life. He is saying that he will see his friend from now on this way; as someone who died young. His friend is ever defined by his death. "The days of time closing" means that this friend of his has no more chances to leave his mark on earth.

In lines 5-13, the poet is saying that the death of his friend was abrupt, tragic. It gets him to thinking about his own mortality. It makes him see that death is out there, waiting for all of us and that he, the poet, could die just as suddenly as his friend has.

In lines 14-18, the question arises, "What did this man have to take with him?" Was it his dreams or his excesses? What legacy has he...

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